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Hacking Happy

When people say, “choose happiness,” it sounds like an unrealistic task. You can’t just decide to be happy and then magically feel rainbows in your heart. However, there is science behind eliciting happy emotions in order to become a happy person. What makes you smile? Do that, and in time you might find yourself feeling…
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July 13, 2020 0

Getting Out of the Quarantine Slump

By: Silva Depanian, MA, AMFT, CAMC Have you noticed your energy flagging lately? How about feeling low motivation and poor mental health? Over the last few weeks in quarantine, I myself have had to make some mental shifts and reassess my needs due to this new change of pace while staying at home. Here are…
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April 25, 2020 0

Beauty rising from the chaos – Silver lining of COVID-19

During this very uncertain and strange time in history many people find themselves in a state of confusion, conflict and chaos. Feelings of anxiety, helplessness, and fear are at their all-time high. However, it is our individual responsibility to reframe our perspective during times of crisis and give ourselves and others grace and patience as…
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April 15, 2020 0

Managing Stress Related to COVID-19

In recent weeks, many of us are experiencing strong emotions related to the growing concerns over COVID-19. Every day seems to bring more reports of confirmed cases and that number continues to rise according to the California Department of Public Health. We are advised to practice social distancing, wear Personal Protective Equipment when we are…
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March 30, 2020 0

Stay -at -Home Children? – Helping Parents Adjust to School Closures

Over the past three to four weeks the words “novel coronavirus” and “COVID-19” have become household names, globally. From children to seniors, pretty much everywhere you go most everyone is talking about… (yep, you guessed it!)… novel coronavirus and COVID-19! We are constantly seeing medical professionals and ordinary citizens hearing PPE and it’s all we…
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March 24, 2020 0

Road Rage to Mindful Driving

Road Rage to Mindful Driving Anger is often triggered by feelings of loss of control, being unseen or unheard, or experiencing injustice. It is our body’s “alarm system” to tell us that something is not ok. Driving and anger do not mix well together because of how often the rules of the road are broken.…
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January 31, 2020 0

Avoidance

There is an assumption that when we avoid a stressful situation, we are burying our heads in the sand and not really dealing with the issue. Which is true in one aspect. There are times when avoidance is a wise way to handle stressful situations. Anita Avedian breaks it down in more detail and gives…
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January 15, 2020 0

Pace Yourself

A marathon runner must learn how to pace themselves throughout the race to avoid burnout. Pace yourself is defined as “doing something at a speed that is steady and that allows one to continue without becoming too tired.” There is a constant and steady pace that is sustainable and helps them reach their goal without…
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December 30, 2019 0

Dealing With Unaccomplished Goals

One of the major stressors at this time of the year, is taking stock and realizing the plans we made in the beginning of the year have not been accomplished. This can be discouraging. Instead of focusing on what has not been done; Take time to identify what has been done- celebrate victories, even small…
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December 12, 2019 0

How Mindfulness Helps Anger

An effective way to manage your anger is by practicing mindfulness as often as possible. This helps us become not only aware of what triggers our anger, but also identify when our body has entered an angry state. First let’s clarify what we mean with mindfulness. Mindfulness is actually very simple– it is achieved by…
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August 23, 2019 0